The Xiaomi Mi Band 7 will reportedly be unveiled in China on May 24. After its introduction in China, the tracker will be announced in other countries, including the US. Yes, we said it already, the Mi Band is being offered to US consumers. You may remember how much you’ve wanted certain Xiaomi handsets over the years, only to get frustrated when they learned that the manufacturer had yet to offer their phones in the United States. Still, the Xiaomi power bank and the Mi Band are a few products that Xiaomi does sell in the US
We saw a slight increase in the Mi Band 7 display from last year’s 1.56-inch AMOLED display to this year’s 1.62-inch display. And the Mi Band 7 tracks your sleep, heart rate and certain health metrics, including steps taken, oxygen saturation (SpO2) and more. Thanks to the larger screen, we should see more complications. The latter is any function on a watch that does more than just tell the time. The device has built-in apps for weather, alarms and music controls.
Teasers for the Xiaomi Mi Band 7
NFC is returning and will reportedly be available in global markets after the non-NFC variant becomes available. NFC is used to verify the user’s identity for mobile, worldwide payments. This prediction is based on a rather poor image of a store listing of the Mi Band 7 showing NFC priced at 269 Yuan ($40.19). There is also speculation that the Mi Band 7 will have a GPS sensor and support more than 100 watch faces.
A new feature called the Smart Alarm wakes users up from a light sleep 30 minutes before their normal alarm goes off. No more jarring, mind-bending wake-ups. A new power-saving mode extends battery life on the device, which last year lasted five days when all features were in use, and provided power for up to 30 days when features were used sparingly.
Alleged ad for the Mi Band 7 shows an NFC-enabled model for the equivalent of $40
Apple and Xiaomi are often number 1-2 when it comes to portable shipments. And last year’s Mi Band 6 was just as popular as the first five iterations of the device. In the fourth quarter of last year, Apple shipped 59.7 million Apple Watch units, which was good enough for a leading market share of 34.9%. That was followed by Xiaomi’s 14.6 million Q4 shipments, giving the Mi Band 6 an 8.6% wearables market share in the last quarter of last year.